Skip to main content

Higher Education Institutions Prepare For Online Learning

Corpus Christi (Southside Light News)--Students and faculty of higher education institutions across Texas are working to quickly transition their curriculum online, including right here in Corpus Christi. 

Earlier this week, colleges and universities in Texas announced classes would resume after spring break, but only online, due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“This is a whole new ball game, so now we are trying to understand how to play," says Chris Jones a student at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I’m want to see how it works because I personally do better whenever I’m actually talking to other students and I can actually go to the professor after class and ask questions." 
Other students, who are more visual learners, say that they are doing just fine with the transition and are finding that the online learning options are more suited for their lifestyle. 
Some professors are using tools like Zoom and WebX to conduct their classes online. TAMU-CC utilizes a system known as Blackboard to help students access their material. 
Over at Del Mar College they utilize the Canvas software, which is also used by Corpus Christi ISD. 
"I like this because I already know how to use it and I am familiar with it," says Del Mar student Christine Gonzales. "I mean you know, I feel like I am pretty prepared." 
Online educational expert Brandon Crowder told us that faculty need to do certain things to make sure that the transition is less difficult. 
"Professors need to provide clear expectations relating to grading, assignments and assessments during this time," Crowder says. "We all need to work together and recognize that students and faculty are likely not working as effectively or efficiently as they otherwise might under normal circumstances." 
He also says educational faculty cannot just assume that students will have the same learning experience off campus that they have on campus.
"We just all need to take time to understand that this an whole new world for a lot of people and that we need to adapt together just like we did in the moments after 9/11." 


Popular posts from this blog

Drug Dealers Say That Their Business Is "Essential" And That Business Is Booming

Matt Pierce-Briscoe

Corpus Christi--Texas is facing a lot of problems these days and it seems to only be getting worse. Nearly three-quarter of a million Texans are unemployed or furloughed and they are facing being cooped up at home with nowhere to go.

What else do you do? Turn to your old standbys: Drugs and Booze.

The longer it goes the worse it seems to get. Drug dealers in Corpus Christi say that their business is booming and it all stems back to boredom, depression and more boredom.

At least some liquor stores in the area are reporting increased sales and traffic these days as people turn to alcohol to help ease the stress of working at home and pass the time at home because there is nothing to do.

But the bigger problem is drugs.

Three recreational drug dealers in Corpus Christi that spoke with us on the condition of anonymity uniformly report spikes in sales since Nueces County first announced its stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic on March 25. Local d…

Some Long Term Care Facilities Are Growing Concerned About "Blacked Out" COVID-19 Test Results Coming From Area Hospitals

Matt Pierce-Briscoe
Email The Author

Corpus Christi, TEXAS — An outbreak of COVID-19 at a senior living facility in San Antonio that has infected at least 12 residents is raising questions about the actions of a local hospital here in Corpus Christi.

A physician working at a large senior assisted living and rehabilitation facility in Corpus Christi says that they have received a few patients who have likely been tested and/or treated for the deadly COVID-19 virus. But there is one problem—Christus Spohn Shoreline is not revealing the results of the test to the facility.

“When we get to the part where we would be able to see the COVID-19 result on the chart it is blacked out,” the physician said. The doctor spoke with us on conditions anominity because the facility where he sees patients will not allow him to speak to the media. “There is no doubt that we need to know this information to protect not only our other patients but our staff, as well.”

The physician says that he sees no con…

Healthcare: Are Corpus Christi Residents At Risk Of Dying Due To A Lack Of Resources And Skilled Professionals?

Brady Chandler  The Southside Light
When newspaper editor Matt Briscoe had a headache that just wouldn’t end he didn’t think much of it. But hours later on a Sunday evening in early July, he quickly realized that something was wrong when he felt a numbness in his left arm and was missing all control on his left side. It was then when realized that it was time to do something and headed with his wife to the nearest hospital less than half a mile away. What happened to Briscoe next was a sort of nightmare and luckily, he lived to tell the story. 
Briscoe stumbled into the nearly empty emergency room just after 10:00 pm. “I was actually thankful that the ER was relatively empty,” Briscoe says. “But, I was so concerned that I was not really taking notes at the time.” 
After checking in Briscoe waited about 10 minutes before being seen in triage where they worked him up for a quick preliminary diagnosis. Moments later, Briscoe was whisked into a nearby room where a …